yes, i know, the thread title is a troll.
my first exposure to unix was in 1980, using bsd 2.x on a vax 11/780. through the years, i have used many different bsd variations, as well as apollo, sun, and hp implementations. i have also used the pyramid OS which tried to join the bsd world with the att world.
tonight, i have had the worst experience with unix that is possible.
my current contract has me in an environment which uses novell netware, therefore my linux of choice is SUSE… which has become openSUSE. my office machine is an AMD based machine, but i like to try any changes on my home machine first. my home machine is a PPC based apple “quicksilver”, a not uncommon box. i was able to successfully install openSUSE 11.0 on that box using a net-install CD boot disk. this worked for a few months, and gave me the confidence to install the x86_64 version of openSUSE 11.0 on my office machine.
recently, openSUSE 11.1 was released. as my office version of 11.0 was incapable of installing openOffice.oo version 3 (god knows why), i thought that 11.1 might help. in order to investigate this, i believed that updating my home 11.0 installation to 11.1 would be a good idea.
so, i downloaded the net-install version of 11.1 (the dvd was unusable, because my quicksilver only has a cd drive). the download, burn, boot was un-eventful.
problem one… the update install decided that i had the wrong version of some “opensuse” config file. could i fix that??? of course not. all i could do was decide that the existing file was bad, and use the new one.
making that decision allowed me to continue through the install… all 5.5GB of downloads to update from 11.0 to 11.1.
after wasting that bandwidth, the installer decides to inform me that it cannot create the kernel. what? i have let my machine download nearly 6GB of updates, and suddenly i have no available kernel??? isn’t that something that should be worked out at the beginning?
so, i have now wasted an entire day, and over 5GB of my download quota to completely kill a working machine.
and, at this point, i have no recourse at all. if this computer was my only machine, i would be bereft of any computing capability.
how can an install fail at the last item? and if it fails, how can it be so catastrophic as to leave my hardware un-bootable?
apologists need not respond to this post. openSUSE has failed dramatically, and has soured any good feelings i have had for this distribution.
if an update leaves my machine in an unbootable state (which is what has now happened), then this update/release was not competently tested.
a re-install using 11.1 should not be necessary. if an update is not possible, that should be identified much earlier than the waste of 5GB of quota.
thanks, but no thanks. i will not appear here again.